web analytics

Open mike 30/03/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 30th, 2010 - 50 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

Open mike is your post.

It’s open for discussing topics of interest, making announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose.

Comment on whatever takes your fancy.

The usual good behaviour rules apply (see the link to Policy in the banner).

Step right up to the mike…

50 comments on “Open mike 30/03/2010 ”

  1. I dreamed a dream 1

    TV reported that Andrew Williams is going to make an important announcement this (Tues) afternoon. Does anyone know what that’s going to be?

    • Marty G 1.1

      I’ve got a sinking feeling he’ll announce a super-mayor run.

      • northshoreratepayer 1.1.1

        I think you’re spot on with your prediction…….. God what a train wreck.

      • prism 1.1.2

        Hey I hope Williams does say he’s going for the super mayor. The super city divvy-up has gone from the people’s control – now all that’s left is to hold your hats and watch the circus.

        • Tiger Mountain 1.1.2.1

          nah, unspecified SS council posi only according to his press conference around mid day

      • I dreamed a dream 1.1.3

        He (Andrew Williams) said it was his intention to stand for elected office on the Super City Council. He didn’t say if he would run for mayor. (NZ Herald).

        Hooray! Sounds like he’s not standing for Super City mayor, but a council seat. That’s great! Have both Len Brown (as mayor) and Andrew Williams in the Super City.

  2. Pascal's bookie 2

    B.r.utal:

    Eric Alterman on the disintegration of the mavericky straight talking expressoholic from Arizona…

    Back in 1998, I wrote a piece about John McCain for Esquire. Now, 12 years later, I am witness to his final degradation as a serious public person. Granted, this has been a long time in the making, ever since wheneer it was that he decided he wanted to be president more than he wanted to be, well, sane. The 2008 campaign was an extended tour of the swamp wherein reside his various grudges, pretensions, and poisonous ill-will toward anyone who didn’t recognize his Green Room-endowed right to run the country. He sold himself to all the people who’d immolated his well-loved 2000 campaign. He violated the campaign law that bore his name. He said that, in retrospect, he wouldn’t have voted for the half-sensible immigration-reform law he’d proposed. Then, in his biggest bow to the Nervous Hospital that the base of his party had become, he picked an ambitious, half-bright goober from Alaska to run with him, made her a star to people who should not be trusted to cut their own meat, and then, when her innate clownishness had made her (and him) such a laughing stock that the Republican ticket lost in places like Indiana to a black man whose middle name was “Hussein,” he sent his remaining loyalists out to emphasize (anonymously) that his running mate was even dumber than the rest of us imagined.

    He then walked back to the Senate and engaged in a prolonged temper tantrum that culminated in his announcement last week that he was so insulted by health-care reform that he would hereafter decline to do his job any more — a refutation of his old “Country First” slogan that was so obviously hilarious that even Harry Reid noticed. Meanwhile, back home, he was being primaried to within an inch of his life anyway by J.D. Hayworth, a former sportscaster who went on to a brief, Abramoff-enriched career as the dimmest bulb in the congressional chandelier. So, here I sit, today, in Arizona, and not eight miles from this computer. John McCain has flown in Sarah Palin to be the featured speaker at a rally that he hopes will push him to victory over a guy whom even all the other congressional dumbasses thought was a box of rocks. She’s endorsing him but, at the rally, HE’S introducing her, and all I can think of is a paraphrase of the late, great Dr. Thompson’s memorable vale to the cursed 1972 campaign;

    “Jesus, how low do you have to stoop in this country if you want to almost be president?”

    http://www.thenation.com/blogs/altercation/545819/slacker_friday_night

  3. Pascal's bookie 3

    That war on terror keeps on keeping on.

    Haven’t looked, but I’m guessing many rightwingers are demanding that these people be named as enemy combatants, stripped of any habeus corpus rights, denied a trial and waterboarded in order to get the names of others involved in their fundamentalist war against democracy! whisky! sexy!

    Consistency also demands that I object to this plan, and say that these people should be tried as criminals and have their rights protected. Luckily, that’s also what I think!

  4. A brain eating zombie on facebook is nearly more popular than Roger Douglas!

  5. Anne 5

    Frank Macskasy at “Bennett: a complete failure” -29 Mar. @ 9.17pm – has written an enlightened piece about his own experiences. Any chance of a repeat as a guest post? It should be seen by
    as many people as possible.

  6. gobsmacked 6

    More extraordinary dysfunction inside the government. Radio Waatea reports:

    PARTY AMBUSHED ON WELFARE CHANGES

    Associate social welfare minister Tariana Turia says the Maori Party did not see details of the welfare reforms before they were announced last week.

    Mrs Turia says with many Maori out of work and whanau struggling to cope, it’s not the right time to be overhauling the system.

    She had no chance to object to measures such as making solo parents look for part time work as soon as their youngest child turns six.

    “They came out and then we asked to see them, they were sent over to us. We didn’t agree with the way they were couched,’ Mrs Turia says.

    She was upset by Welfare Minister Paula Bennett’s statement the dream is over for many beneficiaries, as being on a benefit was anything but a dream.

    (ends)

    Associate Minister slams Minister. Stark policy divisions within portfolio, in direct contravention of the confidence and supply agreement.

    So, who’s going to be left in charge of these policies when Paula Bennett heads off to the USA for a nice long break? Tariana Turia?

    What a mess.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      Well, that’s the Maori Party showing that it’s completely incompetent and getting shafted by National.

  7. peter 7

    I see that John Tamihere wants to be 2ic to John Banks, Now thats a train wreck !!

    • Tigger 7.1

      They say he’ll split the centre-left vote? Really? Surely any self respecting leftie wouldn’t be tempted by that angry little racist/homophobe/misogynist.

  8. Were people aware that the lawyer in charge of the legal workstream in the Auckland Transition Authority was also a director of two Rio Tinto subsidiaries?

  9. Peter Johns 9

    I have a football contact on the NSCC who lives down my street who is a confidant to some council members as he is on the roading committee.
    He said that it is a real strong rumour that AW is going to stand for Mayor.
    Karma that will be.

  10. prism 10

    I’m all for Ministers being well-informed about the sector that they are overseeing, but should come to the job with the experience and understanding, not take time off for study leave in the middle of the job.

    “Social Development Minister Paula Bennett announces she has accepted an Eisenhower Fellowship for the Women’s Leadership Programme 2010.
    The prestigious six week Fellowship was awarded to only 20 women around the world who were identified as outstanding leaders.
    Ms Bennett has chosen to study successful US examples of the social corporate responsibility model while in America.”

    How can someone be offered a senior post with good salary and then get the training for it.? Why then couldn’t the woman who said she had London School of Economics doctorate or something be given study leave to actually get up to speed on her CV? It’s not the same thing I know but do we want our Ministers or even our backbenchers swanning off (while being paid by the taxpayer?) when she has been given an important job to do and very good pay to do it.

    When it comes to education, there are young people who need tailored plans to help them learn and achieve, and then they could become true outstanding leaders not just a mouthpiece for rehashes of right wing social policy benefit stew.

  11. Ed 11

    We are seeing a lot of side-shows, but in the meantime National are quietly plugging away with statements like “all government departments know that in the difficult financial times they will get no more money for many years to come”, and making a virtue of resisting a convenient IMF call for cuts to working for families, student loans, GP subsidies and the age of entitlement to NZ Super – while at the same time ensuring that those issues become discussion points for what ‘experts say should be done”. Bevan Graham in yesterdays Dom-Post calls for the unwinding of stimulus – referring of course to other countries but leaving it clear that similar actions are needed here. He notes that planned tax cuts had to be scrapped in the 2009 budget (but doesn’t mention 2008 cuts!) – and states “The fact we are not in the same situation as Greece is a direct consequence of tough fiscal decisions taken mostly during the 1990’s. The clear lesson is that the Government should not shy away from making similar difficult decisions now.”

    The hypocrisy of pushing for further tax cuts for the few very wealthy while pleading austerity and ‘difficult financial times’ for everything else is being hidden by revising history and by as many sideshows as possible. By bowing to public pressure on a lot of small things National gain legitimacy for doing the one thing they really want – lower tax for the wealthy with no justification being given or needed. The Axe the Tax bus seems a long time ago, doesn’t it?

    • Pascal's bookie 11.1

      funny thing is, back at budget time there was all that fear about the credit downgrade. Next day the ratings man was on the wireless saying that there would be no downgrade because the tax cuts weren’t as steep as they thought they might have been.

      Also, the IMF also mentioned the ‘stimulus’ criticising it for being poorly focussed and open ended. Again here they are talking about the tax cuts.

      The simple fact is that to cut taxes, you have to also cut spending. Right wing parties can’t cut enough spending to get the tax cuts they want. With utter dishonesty, they make the tax cuts anyway, knowing the damage this will cause to the govt books, and hoping that this will allow the necessary cuts to spending to occur in the future.

      However, when the crunch comes, the spending cuts are still too unpopular, so you get a left wing govt raising the taxes again. Rinse, repeat. It’s an expensive waste of time.

  12. Steve 12

    Was I dreaming, or did TV3 report last night that John Tamihare is looking at standing in the Super City elections on the John Banks ticket? In this nightmare they quoted his supporters as being Mathew Hooten and Matt McCarten. Please can someone assure me that I’ve just had a bad nights sleep or is this another train wreck?.

  13. prism 13

    Dame Margaret Bazley pops up again, involved in the Canterbury rehash of local democracy. She was a player in the Auckland planning group too wasn’t she.
    I dislike these ‘tidying’ women like her and Jenny Shipley etc. Going around sweeping up and throwing out any messy aspects of government that offend their eye. Like the managers of a poorhouse from Dickens – one pea for you is a meal, you don’t need more. Get back to your bench and don’t complain or it will be worse for you.

    • BLiP 13.1

      She’s also the one who put the boot into the legal aid service.

      • Steve 13.1.1

        Yes, BLiP, and she got that wrong. Her and Container Shipley together…now that’s going to create the train wreck of all train wrecks!

  14. BLiP 14

    Care about the environment? Want to make sure water resources are allocated fairly? Is it important that the voice of the people most concerned are taken into consideration? Look what happens if your answer is “yes”.

    • RedLogix 14.1

      An outrageous abuse of democratic process. Creech’s report was a flawed whack job, merely a fig-leaf for the water-grab Fed Farmers are demanding.

      NACT are barely pretending anymore.

      • Draco T Bastard 14.1.1

        Yep, but no “Democracy Under Attack” slogans from the Granny even though the NACT party aren’t even hiding the simple fact that they’re taking our democracy away as fast as possible.

  15. Anne 15

    @ Steve
    Nope you’re right. And to add to the ongoing nightmare that is this government (we gotta start laughing or otherwise we’d cry) Tariana Turia has just announced she will be voting for Paula Bennett’s welfare reform bill which is to have it’s first reading today. She said she’s voting for it because she’s Associate Minister, but her colleagues might vote against it. Staggering!

    And this afternoon Andrew Williams is expected to announce he’s standing for the Super Mayoralty – at least that is the rumour.

    The train wreck is becoming a tsunami of disasters.

  16. Ianmac 16

    Talking of Andrew and Rodney, the cartoon today in the Herald is so true. Hypocrisy?
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/news-cartoons/news/headlines.cfm?c_id=500814

  17. prism 17

    NZ Institute? suggests that a survey of tourists be made to see the level of mining that would discourage them from coming here. Very funny – we don’t have any ideals and standards of our own, we act only on what visitors with money to spend here think. Do you like me? I’m for sale, slightly less fresh and lovely than I used to be but still good for some fun and games! Some say I’m a bit costly but try me and fly me!

    And some people have said that tourism has bad effects on a country. It seems its the only thing that will protect our environment from further onslaughts of the type our early colonialists made as they got rid of the forests to make way for farmland. And all for 1.255555 percent of GDP growth, which we could get if we organised some currency controls to make our exporting more efficient – perhaps not having to have extra costs because of currency hedging etc.

    We’ve had low inflation, now everybody takes that for granted – costs on our project up by over $500,000, well we have such a thing as inflation you know, a comment I read recently. We can’t manage better at 3% inflation than we did at about 6%. It was supposed to make things easier for investors to have low inflation, but it seems it was better for speculators. A different outcome than expected, but no worries we can boost our takings, we’ll sell off the bits of the country that are just ‘wasted’ land. That’s how they designated Maori land on early maps. They weren’t using it all the time, so it was spare, open land that should be available to turn a penny into a pound.

    • nzfp 17.1

      Hi prism,
      Good evening, I’d like to offer an contrasting view to your comment that “We’ve had low inflation”. I’d like to suggest that we’ve actually had hyperinflation in certain asset classes within our economy. Bear in mind that the RBNZ measures inflation by the Consumer Price Index (CPI)[1] with a basket of goods. If you compare a $50 basket of goods from Dec 1967 with Dec 2009 you would need to pay $782.84 for the same goods. To me this doesn’t appear to suggest a stable economy.

      However, one important fact is that this basket of goods does not include housing. Bear in mind that 98%[2] of the money in our economy is created – out of thin air – by private mostly foreign (Australian) banks as loans with the majority of those loans against mortgages[3] (both private and commercial). Those loans must be paid back with interest. That means that if an Australian owned bank grants a mortgage of $100,000 they simply create that money out of thin air and enter it into an account and immediately start charging interest on it. This mortage at 5% over 30 years requires a repayment to the private (Australian) bank of $193,255.78. This means the bank gets $193,255.78 or your house at no risk because they create the money from nothing at all and then sit back and wait for the real money (debt) to roll in.

      Due to the nature of the risk vs profits for the banks, the banks have created lending conditions conducive to a huge inflation[4][5] in property prices[6] – far beyond the 3% to 6% inflation band of our 80’s neo-liberal Monetarist economy – as the higher the property prices the greater the profits to the private (Australian) banks.

      Essentially our economy is not controlled by our democratically elected parliament but by a small group of six or seven mostly private foreign owned banks who decide who gets access to the money and who doesn’t. Is it no surprise then that John Key and Bill English and Michael Cullen and Don Brash are all bankers?

      There are solutions to the economic problems we face. There are simple ways we could completely revitalise our economy and our infrastructrure in a manner that acknowledges our responsibility to our citizens, our environment and the need for a sustainable future. We could rebuild a green and modern New Zealand, providing jobs, a revitalised economy and brand new infrastructure without taxing the citizens or borrowing from private foreign banks, without debt. For a good description of how we could do this read the article “Sustainable Energy Development: How Costs Can Be Cut In Half”[7] by Ellen Hodgson Brown.

      Good night

      [1] RBNZ “CPI” http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/statistics/0135595.html
      [2] RBNZ “C1 Monetary aggregates” http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/statistics/monfin/c3/data.html [100 – (Currency in circulation / M3 * 100) = 100 – (4,030 / 205,430 * 100) = 98% ]
      [3] RBNZ “C7 Sectoral analysis of outstanding NZD claims: registered banks” http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/statistics/monfin/c7/data.html
      [4] RBNZ “Financial vulnerability of mortgage-indebted households” http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/research/bulletin/2007_2011/2009mar72_1kida.pdf
      [5] MSD “Beyond reasonable debt: a background report on the indebtedness of New Zealand families” http://www.msd.govt.nz/documents/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/journals-and-magazines/social-policy-journal/spj35/beyond-reasonable-debt.pdf
      [6] RBNZ “Key graphs – house prices and aggregate dwelling values” http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/keygraphs/Fig4.html
      [7] Ellen H. Brown “Sustainable Energy Development: How Costs Can Be Cut In Half” http://www.webofdebt.com/articles/energy-costs.php

  18. Bill 18

    From the Guardian, an outline of government plans to allow fans of football clubs to buy their club. And it begs the question as to why the self same legislative process ( or similar) does not kick in when a workplace is for sale or going bankrupt. If it can apply and work for companies that are sports clubs, then it can apply and work for al companies. My additions in brackets.

    “The plans include:

    • Requiring clubs (companies) to hand a stake of up to 25% to fans (employees) in recognition of their links with their local community.

    • Implementing a change-of-control clause that would allow fans (workers) a window to put together a takeover of their club (workplace) if it was up for sale or went into administration.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/mar/28/government-plan-football-clubs-fans

  19. BLiP 19

    Goff goofs his mining questions – he’s really going to have to get his shit together in the House. Where’s the prime minister these days? Frightened little bunny seems to have ducked for cover the last couple of weeks.

    • quenchino 20.1

      Tried googling this John Lewis Spencer character; the only references may be to a person of the same name who has been a director of the Tower insurance group. Wonder who the hell he is and why he got the nod?

      • felix 20.1.1

        He’s one of the richest people in NZ (surprised?). He owns a huge chunk of Waiheke and a couple of other islands in the gulf.

      • Janice 20.1.2

        Is he the same John Spencer who made his pile under the Nats year back wnen there were import controls on toilet paper? He used to live on Parasite Drive and then he moved to Stoney Batter on Waiheke Island and closed off a public road to stop people getting to it and being able to see his house. May be a differnt one, but no surprise if it is the same one getting his rewards for funding the NACTS.

          • Armchair Critic 20.1.2.1.1

            Nah, that just tells us he has lots of money, and used to have a ridiculously large yacht. And the other posts are of a similar nature – made his money from Caxton’s, had strange ideas about the public’s right to use public roads, director of a lot of public companies.
            I’m more interested in what he will do at KiwiRail. The inferences from my google search, the comments and links don’t bode well. Hence the alarm bells.

            • prism 20.1.2.1.1.1

              ac Perhaps Spencer will revolutionise train travel, maybe put in ejector seats or moving walkways or bring in hover-rail between Auckland and Hamilton. Or perhaps a lying-along class for cheap travel attached to the top of the train and also with handholds on the side as in India. Then raise the prices for the inside people to make the rail pay. Freight will be the prime money earner so people will have to wait in the train for the last freight for that trip to arrive and be loaded.

              Or perhaps he’s not darn well going to let the train leave the station until a certain percentage of seats are sold, and people will just have to camp out by the train, in the cafes and so on at the stations, until enough people come on board to ride on the old ‘City of Auckland’ (or Wellington if there are two trains).

  20. BLiP 21

    W T F !!

    A man too stupid to understand the spending rules around his taxpayer-issued credit card is about to be reinstated into cabinet!!!

    • Draco T Bastard 21.1

      Yeah, saw that. Anyone else would have been fired.

      • Ianmac 21.1.1

        Even Espiner speculated that the need to reinstste him was to protect others who had also rorted like Brownlee. Sack him. Sack the others. Key relaxed about it.

        • Tigger 21.1.1.1

          Best news of the day. Heatley got away with being, at the very least, laissez-faire once and will be too stupid to change his ways…

          • Gosman 21.1.1.1.1

            But wait… I thought there was something a little more sinister behind his original resignation. Or perhaps that was just the overactive imaginations of some of the regular contributors to this blog.

            Consiracy theorist much?

            • felix 21.1.1.1.1.1

              Could you point to an example?

              I seem to recall a few theories about him slinking back in once everyone had forgotten about the expense accounts of a couple of other ministers.

              What do you remember?

  21. nzfp 22

    Sorry just a quick test

    [lprent: Ok – let the quick test through…]

  22. gingercrush 23

    What the hell is up with the Greens lately. They’re a bloody mess. I see the female one whose name currently escapes me was on the news with the protest in Wellington today. I also saw her in the house. What an arrogant person, thinks highly of herself. I don’t see it myself. Their media appearances are so rare lately. They don’t seem to be sending out many press releases. For the last three months or so they’ve largely been missing in action.

  23. lprent 24

    Lyn is going to be on Sunrise (TV3) tomorrow at 0850, talking about the documentary she has been working on forever. Doing it live, which should make it interesting.

    Have a look….

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Progress in establishment of Aged Care Commissioner
    Recruitment for an Aged Care Commissioner will start next month, to ensure greater oversight of New Zealand’s aged care sector. “This sector is responsible for supporting a large and often vulnerable population. While most people are able to access quality care, there have been cases where that care has fallen ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New record number of homes consented
    In the year ended June 2021, the actual number of new dwellings consented was 44,299, up 18 percent from the June 2020 year. In June 2021, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented rose 3.8 percent. In June 2021, 4,310 new dwellings were consented, an increase of 3.8 per ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Communities backed to tackle wilding pines
    Twelve community projects across New Zealand will receive a share of $2 million to carry out wilding pine control, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor announced as part of Biosecurity Week. “Wilding pines are a serious problem that threaten many of the unique landscapes that New Zealanders value. Community groups and trusts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Health Minister Andrew Little responding to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation's rejection of ...
    I was advised last night that the result of the ballot of Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa New Zealand Nurses Organisation members have rejected the latest proposal to settle their collective agreement. Let me be clear: the proposal was one they put to the Government. The Nurses Organisation rejected their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation introduced to Parliament
    Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Introducing the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill, Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, said the measures proposed were aimed at ending conversion practices which don’t work, are widely ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New school site for booming West Auckland
    The Government will build on a new school site in West Auckland to cope with rapid population growth in the area, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. The Ministry is working with existing local schools to determine how the 1.5-hectare site at 279 Hobsonville Point Road will be used to support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Trans-Tasman travel window to close at midnight tomorrow
    A further 500 MIQ rooms released for managed returnees from NSW Further Government actions announced today are balanced to provide more certainty for Kiwis wanting to return from Australia, while continuing to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Ayesha Verrall says. The actions were foreshadowed last ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt investing millions in Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti schools
    Napier Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools are among those set to benefit from a $16.5 million investment in the Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti region, Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash announced today. The Government has set aside money in Budget 2021 to accelerate five projects in Napier, Hastings, Havelock North ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Game changing Jobs for Nature investment for Northland
    Conservation Minister Kiri Allan has announced Jobs for Nature funding for a portfolio of projects that will create ‘game changing’ gains for nature and communities across Northland/Te Tai Tokerau as part of the Government’s acceleration of the economic recovery from COVID. “This portfolio of 12 projects will see over $20 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Third COVID-19 vaccine receives provisional approval
    New Zealand’s regulatory authority Medsafe has granted provisional approval of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years of age and older, Acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. New Zealand secured 7.6 million doses (enough for 3.8 million people) of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Bowel-cancer screening programme is saving lives
    More than 1000 New Zealanders have had bowel cancer – New Zealand’s second-most-common cause of death from cancer - detected under the Government’s National Bowel Screening Programme, Health Minister Andrew Little said today. More than 1200 New Zealanders died from bowel cancer in 2017. The screening programme aims to save ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt welcomes draft report on the retail grocery sector
    The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Christchurch’s Youth Hub ‘set to go’ thanks to further Government funding
    Construction of New Zealand’s first, purpose-built centre for youth well-being is ready to get underway thanks to an extra $2.5 million of COVID-19 response funding, Housing Minister and Associate Minister of Finance, Megan Woods announced today.  “The Christchurch Youth Hub is about bringing together all the things young people need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Next step to protect Milford Sound Piopiotahi
    Expert group lays out plan to better protect iconic UNESCO World Heritage site Milford Sound Piopiotahi and its surrounds Funding confirmed for dedicated unit and Establishment Board to assess the recommendations and provide oversight of the process from here Milford Opportunities Project a test case for transformational change in tourism ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Funding for projects to reduce waste from construction and demolition
    The Government has announced funding for projects in Auckland and the lower North Island to help reduce construction and demolition waste. “Construction is the main source of waste sent to landfill, and much of this could be reduced, reused and recovered,” Environment Minister David Parker said. “The Government is funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech at the launch of the National Hepatitis C Action Plan
    Tēnā koutou katoa. Thank you Anglesea Pharmacy and Te Manawa Taki for hosting this event. As a doctor, I saw first hand the impact of hepatitis C. I met Moana in 2019; she came to the infectious diseases outpatient clinic at Wellington Hospital having tested positive for hepatitis C. Like ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Plan to eliminate hepatitis C as a major health threat by 2030
    A plan to eliminate hepatitis C in New Zealand, reducing liver cancer and the need for liver transplants, has been released today by Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall. “Around 45,000 New Zealanders have hepatitis C, but only around half know they have it,” said Ayesha Verrall. “Symptoms often ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • School upgrades and new classrooms for West Coast, Tasman and Canterbury
    A funding injection from Budget 2021 to complete four shovel ready projects and new classrooms at six schools and kura will provide a real boost to local communities, Minister Dr Megan Woods announced today. “This Government has committed to providing quality fit for purpose learning environments and 100,000 new student ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Warmer Kiwi Homes smashes annual target
    The Government's highly successful insulation and heating programme, Warmer Kiwi Homes, is celebrating a key milestone with the completion of more than 38,000 insulation and efficient heater installs in the year to the end of June, smashing its target of 25,000 installs for the year. “The Warmer Kiwi Homes scheme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Exemption granted for Wallabies to enter NZ
    Bledisloe Cup rugby will be played in New Zealand after the Australian rugby team received an economic exemption to enter New Zealand. Travel between Australia and New Zealand was suspended on Friday for at least eight weeks following the worsening of the COVID outbreak across the Tasman. New Zealanders have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes three diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced three New Zealand Head of Mission appointments. They are: Mike Walsh as Ambassador to Iran Michael Upton as Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union Kevin Burnett as Ambassador to Indonesia Iran “Aotearoa New Zealand has a long-standing and constructive relationship with Iran, despite a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved for West Coast and Marlborough
    The Government has activated Enhanced Task Force Green (ETFG) in response to the West Coast and Marlborough floods, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “To assist with the clean-up, up to $500,000 will be made available to support the recovery in Buller and Marlborough which has experienced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt support for upgrade of Eden Park players facilities
    Minister for Sport and Recreation Hon Grant Robertson has announced funding to upgrade the players facilities at Eden Park ahead of upcoming Women’s World Cup events. Eden Park is a confirmed venue for the Rugby World Cup 2021, the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, and a proposed venue for matches of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More jobs and quicker public transport motoring towards West Auckland
    Work to improve public transport for West Aucklanders and support the region’s economic recovery by creating hundreds of jobs has officially kicked off, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff this morning marked the start of construction on the Northwestern Bus Improvements project. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government backs critical health research
    Research into some of New Zealanders’ biggest health concerns including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease is getting crucial support in the latest round of health research funding, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. The funding, awarded through the Health Research Council of New Zealand, covers 31 General Project grants ($36.64 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Bay of Islands hospital facilities to bring services closer to home
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little have joined a ceremony to bless the site and workers for Phase Two of the redevelopment of the Bay of Islands Hospital in Kawakawa today. The new building will house outpatients and primary care facilities, as well as expanded renal care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Raukokore re-imagined with ‘smart’ relocatable rent to own housing
    Iwi, Crown Partnership Relocatable, fully insulated housing, connected to a new solar plant Provides a pathway to home ownership New housing in the remote eastern Bay of Plenty community of Raukokore shows how iwi and Crown agencies can work together effectively to provide warm, dry, energy efficient homes in a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Cabinet accepts Turkish authorities’ request for the managed return of three NZ citizens
    Cabinet has agreed to the managed return of a New Zealand citizen and her two young children from Turkey, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The three have been in immigration detention in Turkey since crossing the border from Syria earlier this year. Turkey has requested that New Zealand repatriate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt delivers more classrooms so children can focus on learning
    Extra Government investment in classrooms and school building projects will enable students and teachers to focus on education rather than overcrowding as school rolls grow across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis say. The pair visited Ruakākā School in Whangārei today to announce $100 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New station a platform for AirportLink to take off
    Every Aucklander with access to the rail network will now have a quick and convenient trip to the airport, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said during the official opening of the new Puhinui Interchange today. The new interchange links the rail platform with a new bus ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 10 days sick leave for employees delivered
    Legislation doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days comes into effect today, bringing benefits to both businesses and employees, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. “Our Government is delivering on a key manifesto commitment to help Kiwis and workplaces stay healthy,” Michael Wood said. “COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister congratulates Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on Election Win
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tonight congratulated Prime Minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on her victory in the Samoa’s general election. “New Zealand has a special relationship with Samoa, anchored in the Treaty of Friendship. We look forward to working with Samoa’s new government in the spirit of partnership that characterises this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel with Australia suspended
    Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the Covid situation there worsens, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. From 11.59pm today Australians will no longer be able to enter New Zealand quarantine-free. This will be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Growing conservation efforts in Gisborne
    A big injection of Jobs for Nature funding will create much-needed jobs and financial security for families in TeTairāwhiti, and has exciting prospects for conservation in the region, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The projects target local communities most affected by the economic consequences of COVID 19 and are designed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Flood recovery given further assistance
    The Government is contributing a further $1 million to help the flood battered Buller community, Acting Emergency Management Minister Kris Faafoi announced today. “Buller is a small community which has found itself suddenly facing significant and ongoing welfare costs. While many emergency welfare costs are reimbursed by Government, this money ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Funding for five projects to reduce food waste
    The Government is funding five projects to help address the growing problem of food waste, Environment Minister David Parker announced today. “New Zealand households throw away nearly 300,000 tonnes of food every year, half of which could still be eaten. By supporting these initiatives, we’re taking steps to reduce this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Temporary Accommodation Service activated for West Coast flooding event
    The Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) has been activated today - meaning residents on the West Coast of the South Island and in the Marlborough region hit by flooding over the weekend can now access help finding temporary accommodation, announced Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Poto Williams in Westport today. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Pause to Quarantine Free Travel from South Australia to New Zealand
    Quarantine Free Travel from South Australia to New Zealand will be paused from 11.59am (NZT) tonight, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. However, people currently in the state who ordinarily live in New Zealand will be able to return on “managed return” flights starting with the next available flight, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand condemns malicious cyber activity by Chinese state-sponsored actors
    New Zealand has established links between Chinese state-sponsored actors known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 (APT40) and malicious cyber activity in New Zealand. “The GCSB has worked through a robust technical attribution process in relation to this activity. New Zealand is today joining other countries in strongly condemning this malicious ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Remarks to Diplomatic Corps
    It is a pleasure to be with you all this evening. Some of you may have been surprised when you received an invitation from the Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control, and I would forgive you if you were. New Zealand is unique in having established a Ministerial portfolio ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago